Old 08-30-2004, 06:43 PM
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i have a customer that wants me to dig a ditch or trench, i havent see how long or wide, but i was just wondering what most of you charge per hr. for manual labor?
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Old 08-31-2004, 01:28 AM
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For what purpose do they want the trench dug?

Do they want a 4" drain line dropped in it, or do they want a swale created?

We typically charge around $40 per hour for labor, but that is OUR overhead, not yours.....

When it comes to moving dirt, we tend to save our backs as much as possible and get whatever machinery makes the job easier..........................

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Old 08-31-2004, 07:17 PM
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I am about the same $50/hr. But like Dan said that is my overhead not yours. So do what you feel comfortable with charging
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Old 08-31-2004, 08:42 PM
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I could do it for 40/hr per guy. depending on the length I would probably use a Kubota if it exceeded something like 6-7 foot also depending on the soil type, take a shovel wtih you to the estimate and dig a hole. I read your post with the specs of the job, see if you can get a kubota because you could knock it out in like 4 hours with a machine a little hand work.

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Old 09-04-2004, 10:40 PM
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13 dollars a foot is what I charge pipe or no pipe
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